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World After Soldiers Surrender El Chapo’s Son, a Shocked Mexican City Sighs With Relief

01:40  22 october  2019
01:40  22 october  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Mexican media reports capture of druglord "El Chapo" Guzman's son

  Mexican media reports capture of druglord Mexican security forces captured one of notorious drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons on Thursday, media reports said, after rumors of the detention led to fierce gunbattles in the city of Culiacan, a stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel. In this AFPTV screen grab armed gunmen take position in a street of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, on October 17, 2019.

CULIACÁN, Mexico — In the days following the siege of the city of Culiacán by the Sinaloa cartel, residents were overcome with relief : Relief that the terror is over. That more people did not die. And that government forces

MEXICO CITY — Escape, it seems, is a trait shared in the Guzmán family. So is embarrassing the The latest family member to escape apprehension — El Chapo ’ s son , Ovidio Guzmán López Mexican soldiers and others were transitioned to the new team, whose mandate was unclear from

CULIACÁN, Mexico — In the days following the siege of the city of Culiacán by the Sinaloa cartel, residents were overcome with relief: Relief that the terror is over. That more people did not die. And that government forces, which had captured the son of the former cartel leader Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as “El Chapo,” handed back their target rather than keep waging a bloody battle.

Chaos in Mexico as El Chapo's son, a leader of the Sinaloa cartel, is reportedly captured

  Chaos in Mexico as El Chapo's son, a leader of the Sinaloa cartel, is reportedly captured MEXICO CITY - Gun battles erupted across the northern Mexican city of Culiacan on Thursday amid reports that the federal government had captured Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel and the son of notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Videos taken by journalists and civilians showed men in masks firing high-powered weapons on major city streets and a truck circulating with what appeared to be a large machine gun bolted to the back.Warnings spread on social media urging people to stay indoors. The online news site Riodoce reported that gunmen had blocked entrances to the city with burning vehicles.

The less influential of El Chapo ' s sons , Ovidio Guzman was indicted by a US grand jury in 2018 for distributing cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana for the Sinaloa cartel. Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city to free El Chapo son . Read more: Opinion: Mexico is a country to despair over.

Shocking allegations in ' El Chapo ' trial. Mexico 's security minister, Alfonso Durazo, told Reuters news Under El Chapo ' s leadership, the Sinaloa cartel was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US As fighting brought the city to a standstill, the Sinaloa state government said an unknown number of

The release on Thursday of Ovidio Guzmán López, El Chapo’s son, by an outgunned and surrounded contingent of Mexican soldiers led to widespread criticism of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for supporting the decision to yield to the cartel and, more broadly, for failing to tackle the country’s spiraling violence.

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But residents of Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa State and the birthplace of the cartel, do not share those feelings. They say the decision saved lives.

“People judge it as cowardly, but for us who actually experienced this hell, it was the best choice,” said Andrea Hernández, the wife of a soldier who lives in a complex for military families that was invaded and shot up by gunmen, who took at least one soldier hostage.

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So is embarrassing the government of Mexico . Joaquin Guzman Loera, the drug lord known as El Chapo , eluded the grasp of the government numerous times – in tunnels, behind closets, beneath Mexican government left embarrassed after cartel overpowers armed forces to free drug kingpin.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended local authorities' decision to call off a deadly raid in Sinaloa Cartel territory and release Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman' s fugitive son , saying one criminal wasn't worth risking the lives of others in the area. A deadly gunfight.

“No one else is in our shoes,” she said, explaining that she hid in her kitchen with her daughter during the terrifying clash. “What about us, the families of the soldiers who were here alone while our husbands were out there battling against them? Aren’t our lives worth something, too?”

Many here argue that if Mr. Guzmán López had not been released, the aftermath would have been much worse. Officials say at least 14 people died during the shootouts, but neither state nor federal authorities were able to confirm by Sunday that 14 dead was the final toll.

“It was a bad strategy for the government to go after him without a better plan, but it was the right call to let him go after the reaction,” said Brenda Medina, a waitress at a small restaurant next to where a shootout erupted in the commercial district of Tres Ríos. “We would still be hiding from the bullets back in the kitchen if they hadn’t let him go.”

At least 8 killed in mayhem surrounding Mexico's failed effort to capture El Chapo's son

  At least 8 killed in mayhem surrounding Mexico's failed effort to capture El Chapo's son An operation to capture one of Mexico's most powerful drug lords failed disastrously Thursday as several Mexican security forces were held hostage by heavily armed cartel fighters who laid siege to the northern Mexican city of Culiacan. Authorities had sought to detain Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel and the son of notorious drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. But after briefly capturing their target, security forces ultimately retreated without him, a move Mexico’s leaders defended as necessary to save lives.

El Chapo Son Detained And Released In Mexico After Cartel Holds Soldiers , Cop Hostage. According to multiple reports, El Chapo ' s son Ovidio Guzmán López has been taken into custody in the Mexican city of Culiacán and masked gunmen are now trading fire with Mexican security forces.

The Mexican government released El Chapo ’ s son after being completely overpowered by cartel members who set up burning vehicles as roadblocks into the city of Culiacan, roamed the streets with a .50-caliber machine gun bolted on one of their trucks, and surrounded soldiers . Amid the chaos, at

Carlos Camacho was working at a gas station when a gun battle broke out just a few feet away, forcing him and dozens of other people to hide in a small storage room near the back of the building. The firefight was so intense that police officers begged for water and said they had run out of ammunition, witnesses said.

Letting Mr. Guzmán López go was the right decision, Mr. Camacho said, “otherwise it would have been a massacre.”

Citizens of Culiacán are not strangers to violence. Still, the extent of Thursday’s chaos shocked residents and drove them indoors for much of Thursday and Friday, with most businesses closed down, classes suspended and the streets deserted.

By Saturday morning, life in the city seemed to slowly return to normal. Shattered glass was replaced, bodies had been collected from the streets, and the debris of burned cars, tires and spent bullets was cleared away.

Still, traces of the violence were just about everywhere. Bullet holes pocked government buildings, restaurants and homes, and countless residents carried with them the trauma of what they’d lived.

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  The Stunning Escape of El Chapo’s Son: It’s Like ‘a Bad Netflix Show’ MEXICO CITY — Escape, it seems, is a trait shared in the Guzmán family. So is embarrassing the government of Mexico. Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug lord known as El Chapo, eluded the grasp of the government numerous times — in tunnels, behind closets, beneath bathtubs and through steep ravines in the remote mountains of Sinaloa. He even managed to escape prison, twice. The latest family member to escape apprehension — El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán Lopez — managed his own feat of government humiliation this week, when cartel henchmen forced a patrol of at least 30 members of government forces to release him after he had been captured.

' El Chapo ' Guzman led the Sinaloa cartel for decades, escaping from prison twice before being arrested and extradited to the United States. He was found guilty in a U. S . court in February of smuggling tons of drugs and sentenced to life in prison. He is believed to have about 12 children including Ovidio.

Mexico after El Chapo : new generation fights for control of the cartel. Read more. Both sons were reportedly kidnapped in August of that year from a swanky restaurant in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta by the Sinaloa cartel’ s then up and coming rival the New Generation Jalisco Cartel.

Noé Isauro Beltrán, 39, had been in the middle of an ordinary day at the auto repair shop where he works when cartel gunmen opened fire at a crossing of two main thoroughfares. Mr. Beltrán was reportedly trying to close the shop’s iron shutters, to protect himself and others inside, when a stray bullet struck him in the stomach, killing him.

“What am I supposed to do now?” said Rocío Armenta, his wife, weeping. “He was innocent!”

The couple have three children.

On Saturday afternoon, a large military and state police convoy patrolled the city. Hours later, hundreds of military special forces had arrived to set up check points.

Cristóbal Castañeda, the head of the security for the state, confirmed that local forces had “no knowledge of” and did not take part in the military operation to capture Mr. Guzmán López. They learned about the target — and fiasco — hours after the drug lord had been released.

“The consequences of that I think are obvious,” said Mr. Castañeda. “We did what we could with the information we had, which was simply to react to the multiple reports of shootouts and try to protect the citizens to the best of our abilities.”

As the city tries to get on with life, some residents worry about the repercussions of Mr. Guzmán López’s release. Once the cartel leaders were able to force the authorities to bend to their will by turning on the population, they might try to do it again, said Osvaldo García, an employee at a tapestry shop.

“This will cause a reaction similar to a small child throwing tantrums,” said Mr. García, who saw armed men set fire to a bus to block a road. “The cartel men will throw violent fits from now on every time they don’t get what they want.”

Mexico shows footage of capture of El Chapo son, defends his release .
Mexico shows footage of capture of El Chapo son, defends his releaseWith President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looking on, top security officials gave a blow-by-blow account of the arrest of Ovidio Guzman that led to chaotic scenes in the northern city of Culiacan as cartel gunmen fought to free him.

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